Thirsty Irish Runners (TIR) has been in existence since 2000. Since then, membership has steadily grown. The bulk of the members live across Eastern Massachusetts. Sure, we work out together sometimes, swap stories and information about running, drive to the races together, pace one another and do all those things “runners” do. Although the TIR is more than that, it’s belonging to a family. As the miles and all the years go by, we come to know what we share is rich and complex. But it is this one simple, unconditional thing, running, that starts us on the road together. Friends for the long winding road.